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Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital’s eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq

Nineveh ( – Two Iraqi civilians were injured Saturday in a roadside bomb explosion in western Anbar province, a security source said.

Speaking to the privately-owned Almaalomah news website, the source said, “an explosive charge placed on the side of a road leading to Akashat town between Ar-Rutba and Al-Qaem districts in western Anbar, went off, leaving two people injured.”

“The pair were moved to a nearby hospital, suffering from severe injuries,” the source said, adding that the security forces cordoned off the blast site and started a search for more explosive charges at the scene.

A total of 32 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 32 injured in acts of terrorism and conflict-related violence in December 2018, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Nineveh was the worst affected governorate with 26 civilian casualties (07 killed, 19 injured) followed by Baghdad (17 killed and 03 injured) and Salahuddin (03 killed and 03 injured).

UNAMI used to publish these casualty figures on a monthly basis as part of its broader efforts to highlight civilian protection needs, reduce civilian harm, and to encourage all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.

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